Westbrook Earns his 350th Career Win as No. 32 TU Defeats Undefeated No. 25 Oklahoma State 4-3 Sunday
Feb. 23, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa head coach Vince Westbrook earned his 350th career win at Tulsa as junior Alejandro Espejo won the clinching match and TU defeated an undefeated team of Oklahoma State 4-3 on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
It's nice," Westbrook said on his 350th career win. "I love this school and when you've had the players and the characters we've had here, it's more about the kids then it is me. At the end of day, it's always good to beat an in-state rival."
Westbrook, who is in his 23rd season as the head coach of Tulsa, has posted a 350-244 (.589) record, including a 194-82 (.703) home record.
No. 32 Golden Hurricane (9-6) won the doubles point against No. 25 Oklahoma State (10-1) after winning all three doubles matches.
Daniel Santos and Matthew Kirby won the first doubles match 8-3 at the No. 3 doubles position, while No. 20 Clifford Marsland and Dylan McCloskey defeated No. 38 Arjun Kadhe and Brady Bohrnstedt 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles position, followed by No. 47 Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo's 8-4 win at the No. 2 doubles position.
Oklahoma State tied the match at one after a win at the No. 4 singles position and OSU took a 2-1 lead after a win at the No. 5 singles position.
No. 106 De Klerk tied the match at two after defeating No. 70 Jakob Sude 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles position and No. 74 Marsland gave TU a 3-2 lead after a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 2 singles position.
Junior Alejandro Espejo's 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 3 singles position gave TU a 4-2 lead, but OSU won the final match at the No. 6 position for the final 4-3 score.
"I knew that we were playing a good Oklahoma State team and we were very solid in the doubles," Westbrook said. "When we play like that we can compete against anybody in the country. We've played against the best teams in the country and we've won some and lost some. I feel like when we have this kind of intensity and we have this kind of focus, we can compete against any team in the country and I think over the next two or three weeks as we get our other two starters back in the lineup, I think we are going to get better."
The Golden Hurricane travels to Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, March 2 to face TCU at 1 p.m.
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No. 32 Tulsa 4, No. 25 Oklahoma State 3
1. #106 Japie De Klerk (TLS) d. #70 Jakob Sude (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #74 Clifford Marsland (TLS) d. Sebastian Sachs (OSU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) d. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Brady Brohrnstedt (OSU) d. Dylan McCloskey (TLS) 6-3, 6-1
5. Lucas Gerch (OSU) d. Daniel Santos (TLS) 6-2, 6-3
6. Chris Haworth (OSU) d. Juan Carvajal (TLS) 7-5, 5-2 retired
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6
1. #20 Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey (TLS) d. #38 Arjun Kadhe/Brady Bohrnstedt (OSU) 8-5
2. #47 Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) d. Matt Campbell/Jakob Sude (OSU) 8-4
3. Daniel Santos/Matthew Kirby (TLS) d. Sebastian Sacks/Lucas Gerch (OSU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
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